Author: CorruptionDotNet

China: Head of Interpol Meng Hongwei accused of corruption.

9 October 2018 Interpol President Meng Hongwei, 64, resigned on Sunday. China’s Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi said on Monday that Meng is being investigated for allegations of bribery. On Saturday, Interpol said Secretary General had sent an official request to China, seeking to clarify the legal status of its president. Detaining Meng in this way could jeopardize China’s diplomatic relations. Yet their decision to take this path implies that the stakes are high. Meng was appointed vice minister of China’s national police by Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security czar who was imprisoned after Xi Jinping became leader of...

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France: Former President Nicolas Sarkozy lost his first appeal.

9 October 2018 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday lost his first appeal against trial over influence peddling and corruption charges. He was president from 2007 to 2012. He was accused of receiving illegal campaign donations in 2007, in cash from billionaire Liliane Bettencourt. In 2014 he was questioned by police over claims he had promised a prestigious role in Monaco to a high-ranking judge, Gilbert Azibert, in exchange for information about the investigation into alleged illegal campaign funding. During 2011 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi, said in an interview that the Libyan state had donated €50...

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South Korea: Former President jailed for 15 years for corruption and embezzlement

5 October 2018 South Korea’s former President Lee Myung-bak was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday in a corruption case. He was accused of embezzling $21.7 million from a company he owned; taking bribes from Samsung and others. He was fined $11.5 million. Lee committed those crimes before and during his presidency, from 2008 to 2013. He is the fourth former South Korean president to be jailed. Lee, 76, alleged that the investigation against him was politically motivated “revenge” by current President Moon Jae-in, who has previously criticized Lee over an investigation into another former president,...

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Maldives: Abdulla Yameen is discrediting the election results to stay in power.

4 October 2018 Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, has scored another victory by securing a majority in Parliament after the Elections Commission restored 12 lawmakers who were earlier deemed to have lost their seats. The restoration of the lawmakers is a sign that Solih is consolidating his victory against outgoing strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who appears to be losing his grip on state institutions. Solih’s opposition coalition will now have 43 members in the 85-member Parliament while Yameen’s party will have 40. Recent news reports indicate Maldives Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating outgoing president Abdulla Yameen...

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Malaysia: Former prime minister’s wife was released on bail.

4 October 2018 Rosmah Mansor, wife of the former Malaysian prime minister, appeared in court on Thursday to face 17 charges of money-laundering and unpaid tax. She pleaded not guilty and was granted bail of RM 2 million (US$2.4m). She must surrender her passport and has been instructed not to contact any prosecution witnesses, because of allegations she had tried to get a witness to write a statement in her favour. One of her lawyers expressed surprise over a claim of witness tampering by Rosmah saying it had not surfaced during investigations until today and that she was not...

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